How to: Deep Clean Your Bathroom

Learn how to bust all of those sneaky bathroom germs by following our nifty guide to deep cleaning your bathroom, from the shower to the grouting, right through to your loo!

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  • Clean your shower by pouring white vinegar into a bag and tying over the head of the shower. Leave overnight – it’ll dissolve limescale around where the waterjets come from the shower, as well as soap scum.. Just run the water to rinse it. For the curtains, pop ’em in the washing machine with your normal detergent and some old towels, and for the shower doors, mix a paste of baking soda and white vinegar and then apply to the the doors.  Sit for 15 minutes, then buff away with a microfibre cloth. Leave the windows open for 1 hour a day in your bathrooms to reduce humidity.
  • For grout, your best bet is to dip a grout brush into straight bleach, then scrub the grout until it turns white, making sure that the room is very well ventilated. But to prevent the grout from getting mucky in the first place, try sealing it every six months with a moisture-resistant product. It’ll save you a big job down the line.
  • For general tiles, walls and ceilings, spray everything with all purpose bathroom cleaner, then turn the shower on to generate some steam, get out of the room, then shut the door behind you and go and have a sit down somewhere for half an hour. Wipe everything down with a clean sponge or cloth, then rinse with clean water/a clean cloth and use a clean microfibre mop to reach particularly high/hard to reach areas. A nifty way to prevent water marks on tiles? Apply a coat of car wax onto them once a year so that the water can just roll off of the tiles instead of  marking them.
  • For toilets, pour a cup of baking soda into the bowl, then leave to sit before brushing and flushing. It should leave the loo sparkling. Another option is to invest in a handheld steam cleaner so that you can clean hard to reach areas without having to get your fingers involved, like the hinges of the loo seat. Don’t forget to either clean the loo brush either – using a dirty toilet brush to clean your loo will only result in a dirty loo so make sure you clean it after every use either in bleach or soapy water.
  • For the sink, you can use the baking soda/white vinegar trick – it’ll reduce dirt and get rid of any soap scum. For taps, it’s much cleaner to use disposable cleaning wipes than regular cleaning products – if you use the same sponge to clean the kitchen as the bathroom you could just be spreading the bacteria around

The guys over at Cleaspiration, have some great home cleaning tips, it is still fairly new but it looks like a nice site

Source: Real Simple

Some of the Simplest Organising Tips You’ll Ever See

Organisation is a skill, but if you have the right advice – and a bit of know-how – you can get all of those tricky, hard to reach places clean, tidy and organised in a jiffy without having to to spend a fortune. Here’s how to get started.

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  • Sort out the man drawer! Or the junk drawer, whatever you call it in your house. Pop in a desk tidy, then arrange everything however you need it. Batteries, candles, tablets – whatever you keep, arrange it so that you can actually get at it, otherwise, it’s a little bit useless!
  • Use long hangers that can hang multiple tops and t-shirts from one hanger to save space in your closet. You can also buy jewellery hangers and shoe hangers that are brilliant space savers.
  • Tie long lengths of ribbon or fabric around towel bundles or linens so that you never have to search through your cupboard for matching pillowcases again. It looks super pretty, too, and is lovely especially if you display your towel bundles in your bathroom.
  • Pop shoe boxes (and lids) inside drawers to divide em. Cheaper than buying one from a shop, right?
  • When you get instruction manuals, put them all into a ring binder – that way, if something goes wrong or if you need to remember how to use the grill on your new microwave, you have everything to hand.
  • Use one type and brand of hanger for your closets. Your clothes will hang more nicely and you’ll avoid a tangle and jumble of messed up hangers when you pull clothes out. The best type, generally, for all clothes, are medium size velvet hangers as they won’t snag or pull at any material.
  • For that awkward corner at the top of your wardrobe, hang a fruit bowl – it’s actually a really nifty place to store socks. If you’re wasting space at the bottom of the wardrobe, stack boxes to store your shoes in – and pop a photo of the shoes on the front of the box so that you can see which shoes you’re looking for at a glance.
  • Arrange children’s outfits easily on a Sunday by folding onesies, socks, trousers, tops, dresses and pants, then arranging each outfit on the shelf of a collapsible shoe rack. That way, you’re all done for the week and it’ll help shave time off of your routine – great for when your kiddies are in school. Not so good when they start deciding they want to wear fairy wings, but then again, that’s a blog post for another day…
  • Use wall hooks. Delicate wall hooks are great for jewellery, while thicker, sturdier wall hooks will work for everything, really. They also look great grouped together, even if you’re not putting anything on them.
  • Have a party box or party shelf in a closet that has paper plates, napkins, glasses etc, so that you can just reach for what you need and be ready to go when its time for parties!
  • Consider painting a ladder, propping it up against a wall and using it to hang clothes or magazines – super pretty and quirky.

Source: Real Simple.

8 Cleaning Mistakes You’re Probably Making

It might not be spring (we know, it’s freezing!) but that doesn’t mean that it’s not time for a clean! Take a look at these 8 cleaning mistakes you’re probably making to find out how to give your home a lovely clean this winter.

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  • Putting all of your spoons (and forks) in one basket in the dishwasher. Although they can all go in the same pot, they shouldn’t face the same way. Forks can face up, as that prevents the prongs from getting bent out of shape, but spoons should mix and match – so that they don’t end up “spooning”.
  • Cleaning windows on a sunny day. Glass dries more quickly, which results in more streaks, which results in windows that look more dirty more quickly.
  • Spritzing cleaning spray directly onto surfaces – this might work for really dirty surfaces, but it leaves a buildup on walls and countertops if you do it too often and it’ll also make your bottle of cleaner run out more quickly. Spritz onto your cleaning cloth instead.
  • Cleaning without gloves on! Your skin is really absorbent! Although you might just be wiping the sink down really quickly, your skin will still absorb potentially harmful chemicals, which’ll cause dryness, damage and in the winter months (depending on how much cleaning you do), even bleeding. Always look after your hands with plenty of hand lotion and scrubs, too, and always wear gloves when its cold out.
  • Treating stains at the surface won’t do a lot – although it might get rid of the stain at the surface, in time, the stain may well come back – especially if any dirt or dust gets trodden or worn into the stain. Mop up liquids with kitchen towel first, then douse with club soda, blot, and repeat until no more colour transfers to the towel.
  • Popping the loo brush right back into the holder after use. Bacteria is icky, and it needs moisture to multiply – a loo roll holder is the perfect environment for that. Once you’ve used it, sandwich the end of it between the loo seat and the loo, letting the brush hang over the bowl, then leave to dry completely for 10-15 minutes before popping back into the holder. Just tell people not to go into the loo whilst its drying!
  • Cleaning sponges with water isn’t really enough. Wash ’em with washing-up liquid or sponge sanitizer, or throw them into the dishwasher. Or – pick up a cheap pack of sponges every time you go to the grocery store and just replace them when they get too dirty. Wash, clean or replace every day over the holidays when cooking and food prep activity ramps up.
  • Vacuuming pet fur without the right attachment. This works, but it also blows away a lot of the hair – which gives you more work to do later. Use the right tool and you’ll have less to do later and less fur to pick off your clothes.

Source: Real Simple